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Keurig’s K-Select is one of their newer and more impressive models of coffee maker and has proved a real game-changer. In this review we will compare the Keurig k select vs k55.
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Our preferences is the Keurig K-Select because you have a larger brew size, larger water reservoir, a water filter is included and you have strength control.
If none of these features are important go with the Keurig K55 it is usually cheaper.
The brand is making improvements all the time, but with so many different products out there many people find themselves wondering what exactly the differences are, and where the new models sit in terms of comparison with the older models such as the K55.
Differences between the Keurig K Select and K55
|Size||13 x 9.8 x 13.3 in||12.5 x 9.2 x 11.6 in|
|Type of Compatible|
|K-cup (licenced and unlicensed)||K-cup (licenced and unlicensed)|
|Per Brew||6, 8, 10 oz||6, 8, 10, 12 oz|
|Water Held||48 oz reservoir||52 oz reservoir|
|Automatic turn off||Yes||Yes|
|Water Filter Included||No||Yes|
|Controls||Simple button control|
panel and LED indicators
for water refill.
|Also controlled via
a button panel.
A lot of Keurig products can be hard to separate, sometimes only accessories are the difference or there are subtle differences in the control panel.
This is not the case when comparing the K-Select and the K55 and there is a definite ‘winner’ if we are looking at features and versatility.
The K-Select is not just newer, it is a big improvement on many other models, including the K55. New features and a larger capacity have been added without adding a fortune to the cost, making it clear which of these products gets our recommendation in a straight shootout.
Features of the Select include the strength control. This is something that Keurig started introducing in a lot of their more expensive and larger, batch brewing machines.
However, with the K-Select, they’ve started to offer this option in their single serving coffee makers too.
Keurig have also moved away from the generation 2.0 need to use specifically Keurig made pods. This opens up the opportunity to use cheaper pods or pods with more choice, as well as reusable pods which allow you to use your own ground coffee.
The design of the K-Select just like the other new model the K-Elite is much more impressive. It is made with materials designed not to leave fingerprints and is available in multiple colors to suit your kitchen or office decor!
Other advantages include a big water reservoir and four brew sizes including the bigger 12 Oz brew perfect for takeaway coffee mugs.
Keurig K55 Reviews
The Keurig K55 does have plenty to offer and still may well be enough for many of our needs from a coffee machine.
The water reservoir is decent, it is easy to control and even though we have recommended the K-Select, there is nothing ‘wrong’ with the K55 per se.
The K55 has taken over from the K50, which was, for a time, one of the top selling coffee makers out there. This has been discontinued, but the K55 is still in circulation.
For a basic coffee machine and a reliable cup of coffee of either 6 Oz, 8 Oz or 10 Oz, this is absolutely fine.
Basic is a good word to describe it though and if you want something right at the top of the range to impress your visitors the K55 might not be the option for you.
Useful features include the option to descale the machine and the auto-off function to preserve power. This is definitely an upgrade from some of the mini coffee makers which don’t have a water reservoir.
A water filter can be added if you wish, increasing the purity of the water and even making the machine last longer. You might also be interested in our comparisons of the Keurig k55 to the k45 and the k50.
Keurig K-Select Reviews
It is fair to say that as Keurig continue to grow their range, they are making small tweaks rather than wholesale changes.
Though this isn’t remarkably different to some of the previous models, it does have some very important differences, as we’ve already mentioned briefly.
The Keurig K-Select has a slightly bigger reservoir than the K55. As well as this, it has the capacity to make a slightly larger coffee at 12 Oz.
The manufacturer has cleverly made the drip tray distance from the dripper larger, meaning taller coffee cups and takeaway cups can be used with ease.
These are all small changes, but there are some bigger changes which may make the decision.
The main alteration is the strength control. Previously, most Keurigs have only been able to brew at one strength, and the only real changes you could make were regarding size.
The strength control was gradually introduced to the much larger Keurig models such as the K575, but now is available with smaller, single cup models such as the K-Select and another new offering, the K-Elite. You might also be interested in our comparison of the K-select to the k50. Click here for details.
- Strength options to allow you to choose how strong you want your coffee.
- Can brew multiple sizes; 6, 8, 10 or 12 Oz
- 52 Oz reservoir.
- Water filters can be installed.
- Quiet brew technology.
- Reminder lights when descaling and water refill are needed.
- Compatible with pods not licenced by Keurig.
- Only compatible with the traditional K-Cup pods, not the K-Mug or K-Carafe.
- No large brewing in Carafes or similar.
- Doesn’t come with water filter included.
While neither of these models are going to be suitable if you want to do big brews for groups, they are both good for single servings of coffee.
The K-Select is definitely an upgrade due to the increased options. It is also worth considering that this is a much newer model of Keurig, the brewing technology has improved and I would expect the reliability to be better as well as the level of options available.
If you aren’t bothered about having a strength control or that extra brew size then the difference isn’t huge. For instance, if you find the K55 for significantly cheaper, it might be worth it.
However, in a straight comparison most will agree that the K-Select offers more, and if the difference in price isn’t too large then this will probably be the coffee maker you choose.